How we think about mental health — and about EDs as a serious mental health issue — is one of the things that’s gotta give if we’re really going to get to the other side of this disease. As a culture, we have so normalized food and body image obsession that we fail to recognize eating disorders as the disease that it is — a disease as worthy of immediate intervention as any other illness. While awareness about mental health issues is deepening, the place of eating disorders within mental health is unclear. Eating disorders are a crisis, but not one that’s getting the attention it deserves. The tragic consequence of this confusion and stigma around eating disorders is that people are suffering behind closed doors, afraid to come forward for help. That is not okay. Something’s gotta give.